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You’re An Adult But You Ain’t Grown: Things You Learn After High School

April 29th, 2015 - By Kendra Koger
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They say that life begins at the end of your comfort zone, and this is even more true when you graduate from high school.  Whether you go to college, join the armed forces, or get a full time job, there are things that life will teach you that you didn’t have to know in high school.

Here’s a list of these things and if you feel like you have any other information to add, let’s share this wealth of knowledge with the younger generation in the comment section.

A Misspelled Sign May Have Cost A High School Principal Her Job

December 19th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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misspelled signPublic School Number 20 in New Jersey put up a message for students outside of the school. Problem was it contained a few misspellings. December was spelled “Dicember.” Report was spelled “Reepor.” And a “1” was placed backwards.

These errors might have cost the school’s principal her job. After the misspelled sign was displayed for more than a week outside the high school, the principal was reassigned.

According to school officials, the lettering “was placed by a custodian and the sign was near an entrance not normally used by staff.” The school later corrected it, but not before photos of the sign hit social media.

The misspellings angered of school Paterson Board of Education member Corey Teague, who saw a photo of the misspelled sign on Facebook, reports Yahoo.

“At first I didn’t believe it,” Teague told CBS New York. “I thought it was Photoshopped or something.”

When he realized it was real, he shared the photo on Facebook and wrote: “How can we expect our children to learn how to spell when the administration can’t? We must be held to a higher standard.”

The mistake was costly to the school’s principal. Not only Antoinette Young reassigned to a different school but she was demoted to vice principal.

“The school district did not disclose the reason for her demotion, but according to, Young was already under review for unrelated performance issues,” reports the Post.

Young, who is still listed as principal on the school’s website, did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.

Students Protest Tweet: “Every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare”

November 19th, 2014 - By Rich
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Students at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia walked out of the school after a seeing a tweet they believed was posted by their assistant principal. The picture was a retweet from the parody account “OrNahhTweets” that shows a group of teens dressed in formal wear. All of the young women in this photo are white and the young men black. The caption of the photo, believed to be opinion of the school administrator, reads “Every white girl’s father’s worst nightmare.” Once the students discovered this tweet from the Assistant Principal’s account they demanded a response.

Here’s what Michael LeMelle, a junior at the high school had to say about the matter according to

“I could have been any one of the boys in the picture,” LeMelle said. “And I really don’t see myself, like I said earlier, as anyone’s worst nightmare.”

LeMelle is part of a group of students not keeping quiet about the tweet. He said he found out about it more than a week ago when his friend showed him a screenshot of the tweet.

“Many of the students have the screenshot now,” said LeMelle.

Students told they are taking the tweet seriously and want to know how Principal Adrian Day is handling the situation. They also said they want to hear from Strickland herself.

According to students, the assistant principal is new to Booker T. Washington this year. Her bio on the school website says she came from I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, and while there was awarded 2014 City-Wide Teacher of the Year.

“She has to notice that she’s in a position of power,” LeMelle said. “So, to make the statement publicly, is unnecessary, to say the least.” also spoke to LeMelle’s father, Michael LeMelle Sr. He believes problems start with “racial jokes” or “secret tweets.”

“I quite frankly hold the council, school board and administration responsible,” he said.’s three phone calls to Norfolk Public Schools’ spokeswoman Elizabeth Mather were not returned. also reached out to Principal Adrian Day by email..

News’ Liz Palka spoke to Norfolk school board members Dr. Edward Haywood and Dr. Brad Robinson on the phone. Both said they were unfamiliar with the tweet and the claim before Palka brought it to their attention.

Robinson also said the issue is a personnel matter, but the suggestion in the tweet is something the school board takes seriously. He said, the school district is looking into the matter.

Should the students have walked out of the school? Is the school response to this matter appropriate? These days it seems the educators may be using their personal opinions to teach our children, what can parents do to help educate their children for in cases such as these?

55 Years Later: Man Receives Diploma After Being Banned From Graduation

August 17th, 2014 - By Rich
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More than five decades ago Alva Earley was a 17-year-old living in Galesburg, Illinois smack dab in the middle of the civil rights movement. He was a high school senior, just days from graduation who attended a NAACP-sponsored picnic in a part of town off-limits to people of color and an event he says his school counselor’s warned him against.

“You will not graduate. You will not go to college,” says Earley, recalling the words of his school officials.

And those words would be ones they would stick to upon hearing about Earley’s attendance at the picnic. Earley was told that, although he had all of the necessary credits to do so, he would not be graduating. In fact, Galesburg High School held his diploma and banned him from his commencement ceremony.

But now, 55 years later, Earley, now age 73 received his diploma.

“It’s far beyond anything I’ve experienced to date,” says the now-retired attorney.

He says his high school’s decision to withhold his diploma has greatly affected him. Colleges and universities, including Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, who had once sent acceptance letters to Earley’s address withdrew such letters. Eventually, Knox College allowed Earley to enroll.

Not allowing the lack of a high school diploma to hold him too far down, Earley allowed ambition to drive him, graduating from the University of Illinois and later earning a law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law and doctor of divinity from Northwestern University. Talk about full circle!

Galesburg school superintendent Bart Arthur told NPR after a search of Earley’s transcript it was confirmed that he had enough credits to graduate and actually had great grades to boot, “He had A’s and B’s on his report card,” Arthur says. “I guess he did have a couple of C’s. One of them was in typewriting, and I can sure understand that.”

Earley says that far more than he appreciates receiving his diploma, he appreciates the hard work of present-day Galesburg school officials, “The important thing was not that I got the diploma. It was that they tried to get the diploma. They succeeded. They cared about me.”


9 Things that High School Doesn’t Teach You

May 28th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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For those who just graduated, or are about to graduate high school, congratulations!  You’ve made it through the entity that is high school, and whether you’re about to go off to college, enter the work force, or the armed forces, you’re in for an awakening.

Whenever you go off to your next plan of action, you’re going to find out that your high school experience placated you, and the world is a little more cold than you realized.  But don’t be sad!  Many of us have made it through, and you can too!

Here are a few things to get you an edge on real life, seeing that high school misrepresented it to you.

College Bound: 9 Seriously Great Grad Gifts

May 26th, 2014 - By Rich
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Not only is it the holiday weekend, but it’s also the time for numerous graduation open house celebrations. Are you prepared? They have bought the cap and gown, invited the family, but what do you get to send the kids into their bright future? From gadgets to sweet ways to stay in touch, here’s what your high school grad really wants (but they’ll take gift cards, too).

9 Seriously Great Grad Gifts

Solo Dolo: 9 Ways To Enjoy Prom By Yourself

May 1st, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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In my senior year of high school I had a best friend who was a guy, and we were inseparable.  His name was Tyler and we’re still pretty good friends now.  However, even though the friendship was strictly platonic, everyone always assumed that it was more.  So when my high school prom came around, Tyler was asked by a girl he liked, and I wasn’t going to stand in the way of that.

I had no such luck getting a date.  But, being a “glass half full” girl, I went by myself.  Later, the three guys I had crushes on told me that they didn’t ask me because they thought I was going with “that dude,” oh well.

In the end, I had a blast, and I’m going to give you the nine thoughts and spins on ideas for why going to prom solo isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

This is dedicated to any person who is still in high school, or if you know a person who is in high school and is feeling down because of they don’t have a date, point them in this direction.

Breaking Stereotypes: Illinois High School Students Get Suave In ‘Suit And Tie’ Video

April 17th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer 

If there’s anything that’s been made clear over the past two decades, it’s that there is a general perception of black men that’s not accurate. Hip Hop culture and pure ignorance has fueled the fire that pigeonholes many young men.

To defy these stereotypes 34 juniors and seniors from Illinois’ Central High School created a music video –of sorts– wearing their best slacks and button-ups. The gentlemen walk the halls of their school, shoot hoops and chat it up in the classroom all to Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” record.

Best part: They’re all Honor Roll students, poets, future collegiate athletes and National Honor Society members.

Read more about these students at 

12 Signs You Went To Catholic School

March 17th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Going to catholic school is the equivalent of being a PK, that’s preacher’s kid. Everyone’s judging you because your parents could actually afford (or got a grant) to send you to an expensive school and they either assume you’re already bad as hell (remember the catholic school girls are freaks rumors?) or they’re watching for the first sign of you to mess up so they can say you ought to know better, being watched over by preacher’s and nuns all day. Sigh.

I personally wouldn’t go back to high school if you paid me too, but one thing I enjoy now as an adult is relishing in the fact that every kid across the globe who was taught by someone at a St. Martin de Porres, Mary Immaculate, Notre Dame high school can relate to these things. Here are 12 signs you went to Catholic school.

“Gangsta Claus” Play Has Parents Mad

December 20th, 2013 - By Rich
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When you think school Christmas show, you think music and singing. Real Charlie Brown, right? Not at Magnolia High School in Arkansas. The students put on a play called “Billy Shakespeare’s Christmas Extravaganza and Traveling Freak Show” which has a vignette dedicated to a character called Gangsta Claus that shoots up a Walmart and himself gets shot.

According to Arkansas’ WAFB,

“Gangsta Claus” is part of “a collection of four Christmas-themed short comedies in which elves go on strike, Santa turns gangsta, a shameless huckster attempts to sell the holiday, and two Texas girls try to get their first white Christmas by fighting global warming.”

Even worse,

“A dying Santa is seen placing a curse on the thug who shot him, condemning the man to become the new Santa.”

Not exactly “A Christmas Carol”. The parents and teachers are upset with the drama teacher for choosing the kind of material that sounds like it belongs in a “South Park” Christmas special. They argue that it flies in the face of the school’s tough stance on gun violence and weapons on campus (Santa and the elves shoot it out with paper guns).

This play was obviously a bad idea but the teacher just deserves a slap on the wrist. No, gun violence isn’t the best thing to have on stage as part of a Christmas celebration, and yes, the number of school shootings has everyone on edge, but it’s really not the worst thing kids can do. There are so many other things to worry about instead of a tasteless school play.

What would you do if this was at your child’s school?